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New Dubuque crosswalk adding safety but drawing questions

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A new pedestrian crosswalk in downtown Dubuque has some questioning why the city needed to install it.

City crews installed the new crosswalk June 4 at the intersection of Locust and Sixth streets. Dubuque's city engineer Gus Psihoyos estimated the walk, from its materials to the labor required to install it, cost taxpayers less than $500.

The walk makes it easier and safer for residents of Ecumenical Towers, on the intersection's southeast corner, to cross over to the Historic Federal Building on the intersection's southwest corner, which houses the post office, city council meetings and more.

It was the residents of Ecumenical Towers, in fact, that requested the crosswalk. They submitted a petition, requesting the safety measure. Psihoyos said residents there have been expressing concern about the intersection's safety since 2004.

Drivers failing to yield for a pedestrian at this crosswalk could face a $100 fine plus court fees and surcharges.

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